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Offline Rick32k

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GE, not always mother board???
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:17:17 PM »
I'm workin on a GE MOD# TFX26KRDA-WW and the problem is the unit won't defrost and there's tons of ice build up in the freezer. I thought it was the control board, but when I went there I took out the heater element and it was completely destroyed. No continuity and in addition to that one part came right off. So I know the element is bad but Im wondering if the thermostat can be too. I couldn't get to it because of the ice, but I think it's in series with the heater I should of hooked the leads of my multimeter to both wires and checked for continuity. What do you guys think?

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 04:18:42 PM »
Here are pics of the element

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 04:28:44 PM »
 Iirc, they upgraded that to a dual element. I replace the bi metal as well.  O0 O0

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 04:50:50 PM »
The replacement looks the same. You replace the bimetal even if it has continuity?

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 05:07:18 PM »
Not always, but it seems cheap enough to add some assurance to the job.  O0

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 05:25:31 PM »
I'm charging 90plus parts. What would you guys charge for a job like that. What do you think of my diagnosis? I mean everyone yells control board so am I overlooking anything?

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 05:33:56 PM »
On a call like that, the unit needs to be defrosted and checked. IDK how to check these boards but knowing the element burnt up tells me its calling for the heater and carrying it out. If you didnt check the stat for continuity, then I would throw that into the estimate. Service call is 89.95, plus parts, plus labor of 125 ish is the normal amount for the company I work for.  O0 O0

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 08:52:40 PM »
Just order WR51X10029, it comes with a bimetal.  The reason the mother board is not at fault is because this model doesn't have one.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 09:51:04 PM »
The reason the mother board is not at fault is because this model doesn't have one.

The good news then is they won't need a new mother board.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2013, 09:55:16 PM »
Its a older unit put in a timer WR9x489 too.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2013, 10:11:53 PM »
Also Rick you need to get more money for your jobs.Your to cheap.You need to come up with some sort price changes.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2013, 06:03:34 AM »
I'm planning on getting that appliance repair blue book but its like $179. I figured this unit didnt have a motherboard.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2013, 07:04:04 AM »
Rick, have you seen this topic about the blue book...
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=10520.0

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2013, 07:23:53 AM »
You don't need the blue book .You have to adjust your prices for your area.Use common sense.You can see on this site .Some people are increasing the part list price and our cheaper on the labor.Some charge a trip charge plus parts and labor.Just find something and go with it.With the cost of business ,gas prices,parts insurance. Your labor is too cheap.Charge labor and a trip charge and more than list for the part you are putting in.But don't go crazy with the part price over list.My opinion.

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Re: GE, not always mother board???
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2013, 07:47:51 AM »
I get a discount on parts. For example a dishwasher pump motor assembly is about,$134 but  I pay 98 and charge retail for the part.

 

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